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Flint named bicycle friendly community

FLINT — The City of Flint has been recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community for its bicycle promotion, education, infrastructure and pro-bicycle policies. Flint joins a leading group of communities that are transforming neighborhoods across the country.

“It’s an honor to be recognized as a Bicycle Friendly Community. Creating a sustainable transportation network is part of our new City of Flint Master Plan. Our residents are biking, walking and taking public transit. It is essential that Flint is safe for all modes of transportation,” said City of Flint Mayor Dayne Walling.

With the announcement of 55 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Communities, the League of American Bicyclists now recognizes more than 325 visionary communities, including cities like Flint, Grand Rapids, Lansing and Traverse City.

“Visionary community leaders are recognizing the real-time and long term impact that a culture of bicycling can create,” said Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists. “We applaud this new round of communities for investing in a more sustainable future for the country and a healthier future for their residents and beyond.”

Since its inception, more than 800 communities have applied and the five levels of the award – diamond, platinum, gold, silver and bronze – provide a clear incentive for communities to continuously improve.

To apply or learn more about the BFC program, visit G.G.

C&L Ward raises money for Making Strides

DAVISON — C&L Ward has raised $1790.86 for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in several company fundraisers. The company held its annual picnic in June of this year in which the employees partook in a raffle from items donated by several vendors in which the result was almost $900. In September and October, the employees, led by committee leader Beth Hemker, participated in several mini fundraisers such as penny wars, pay to wear days, pay for lunch, a football ticket raffle and more.

“We are pleased to present $1790.86 to Making Strides for Breast Cancer,” said Patrick Ward, President of C & L Ward.

C&L Ward hosts several fundraisers throughout the year including a “Stuff the Van” Food, Toiletries and Winter Wear Drive to Benefit Catholic Charities’ North End Soup Kitchen and Holy Angels Community Closet on Nov. 26, at their Davison location from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The “Likes for Dollars” campaign will run indefinitely and will promote and benefit to organizations in Genesee County, the Great Lakes Bay region, Metro Detroit and Greater Lansing. — G.G.

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